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Tamworth’s Queen heads across the ditch

Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Seeing the talent at the “Freeze Ya Bits Off” Busking Competition is one of the experiences Tamworth's Queen of Country Music, Katrina Higgins, is looking forward to during an official visit to Gore New Zealand.


Ms Higgins will travel to Tamworth's sister city today to take up official duties during an 11-day itinerary to coincide with the Gore Country Music Festival including attending the New Zealand Country Music Awards.


She will also Visit Gore Senior Citizens Club, St Mary's Primary School, the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and Gore icons such as the Brown Trout Statue, Romney Ram Statue, Tamworth garden and Hands of Fame and Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum.


The visit, hosted by Gore District Council, is one of the prizes the winner of the Tamworth Queen of Country Music Quest receives as the official ambassador for Australia's Country Music Capital during her reign. Tamworth has a reciprocal arrangement to host the Gore Young Ambassador during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.


Ms Higgins, who has not previously visited New Zealand, said she is “extremely proud” to be representing Tamworth in Gore.


“I love Tamworth and all that is has to offer, especially the Country Music Festival,” she said. “I'm looking forward to being able to share all the good things about Tamworth with people I meet in Gore and building on the strong Sister City relationship.” Ms Higgins said she enjoys country music and is keen to experience New Zealand's talented artists.


“I am looking forward to attending Gore's version of the Golden Guitars, seeing the talent at the “Freeze Ya Bits Off” busking competition and also having the chance to fly in the Tiger Moth,” she said.


The Queen of Country Music Quest is a much loved community event with a tradition stretching back 30 years. It was presented this year by Tamworth Regional Council with The Northern Daily Leader as the major sponsor.


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